Dwarf Nova

UU Aql Dwarf Nova

2022-08-07T18:03:48+00:0022 July 2022|Cataclysmic Variable, Dwarf Nova, News, Variable Star|

X28087AF chart

Following the AAVSO campaign to observe some Dwarf Novae along with Hubble. The main aim is to determine when the star is faint enough for Hubble to observe it – to avoid damage to its sensors!

Alert Notice 758: Monitoring requested for 11 dwarf novae in support of HST observations in 2021-2022

Has had a recent outburst and my latest two measurements show it as V mag. 16.9 on 2022-07-11 and then on 2022-07-20 a V mag. of 12.3. Quite an outburst. Seems to happen every 2 months.

Photometry using ASTAP, plot from AAVSO VStar.

UPDATE: 2022-07-31 now very faint down at mag. 17 and on its base magnitude.

UU Aql 2022-07-11 Mag. 16.94 +- 0.09 / 2022-07-20 Mag. 12.33 +- 0.01

UU Aql 2022-07-11 / 2022-07-20

Mag. 16.94 +- 0.09 / Mag. 12.33 +- 0.01

Object IDUU Aql
Details2022-07-11 23:49 UT
2022-07-20 23:04 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
CameraAtik 460EX @-10°C
FiltersPhotometric V
Exposure(s)3 x 180s
2 x 180s
ProcessingASTAP, VStar

Dwarf Nova illustration

Credit: NASA and L. Hustak (STScI)

Current theory suggests that dwarf novae result from instability in the accretion disk, when gas in the disk reaches a critical temperature that causes a change in viscosity, resulting in a temporary increase in mass flow through the disc, which heats the whole disc and hence increases its luminosity. The mass transfer from the donor star is less than this increased flow through the disc, so the disc will eventually drop back below the critical temperature and revert to a cooler, duller mode. Wikipedia